Jays Notes: An Ode to a Pen’s Horrific Night

Since I can’t explain what happened last night, I offer this quickly written and most likely horrible poem,

“An Ode to a Pen’s Horrific Night”

You came out of nowhere, relievers with a bad night,

All of your offerings were lacking big bite,

From homers to walks, hits and a double,

You took Jesse’s great night, and turned it to rubble.

With all of you rested, what could be your cause?

Why didn’t any of you show off your big claws?

Oh, the walks and the walks, too many to count,

Gifted to hitters who shouldn’t get any amount.

But there they were, offered to them all,

Putting them in position to score on a hit to the wall.

Thus Jays fans ponder why strikes they had lost,

When any such offering would have ended this bust.

To Jesse and the hitters, we thank you for a great fight,

And to the pen, get past this horrific night,

But whatever happens, don’t forget its sting,

Because remembering such lessons, is an important thing.

Unless you throw strikes, you cannot get outs,

And thus you’ll be left with nothing but doubts.


That’s all I’m going to say about the Jays game vs Seattle last night. It’s too frustrating to write anything else about it.


  • The Jays signed OF Dewayne Wise to a minor league contract. This is interesting since it tells us that the ankle injury suffered by Rajai Davis, landing him on the DL, may be much more serious than previously thought. After all, you would think that having Corey Patterson and Mike McCoy on the roster, and Darin Mastroianni as well as Scott Podsednik (eventually) in place to back him up would be enough for the Jays in terms of depth. How will Wise fit in once everyone is healthy?
  • In case you missed it, the Jays called McCoy for today’s game vs Seattle.

- MG

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  • George

    Bad poetry to go with a bad loss, Matt!
    Buck Martinez will tell you that if you gas your pen like they did in Anaheim, it takes 10 days to get them in shape again. They will need their starters to go deep for a while so everyone can rest.
    The other thing they mentioned was Jesse licking his fingers a lot to get a grip on the ball, so I am thinking that fastball throwers like Purcey and Dotel may have had similar problems. I also think Purcey is overthrowing a bit right now. When he was doing well last year, his fastball was a couple of ticks slower, with good command and more movement.
    On the positive side, I just love to see a kid like Jesse find a way to keep his team in the game when he doesn’t have his best stuff. They also beat up on last year’s Cy Young Winner in a big way, and it was nice to see Corey Patterson have a good game his first time back.

  • Mat Germain

    I warned you at the beginning of the post George! I’m no poet, just a confused fan trying to put frustration into words!!!

    • George

      Every team has days like this, and the Jays have often been on the flip side, so it’s less frustrating if you take it in the context of a 162 game season. Everybody’s freaking like they were locked in a pennant race or something. It’s important to realize that this is NOT the team that will compete for a Series title, or even the playoffs. Many of those pieces are still playing in AA/AAA.I can also say with complete certainty that not one of the present bullpen (with the possible exception of Purcey and Scrabble), will be present on the World Series team.